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Framing a question whose answer is an ordinal number
How to phrase an asking sentence that must be answered with an ordinal number?
How to ask a question to get a cardinal number answer

My friend is the second child of her mother.
How would I ask her that apart from asking - Are you the second daughter? - like I need to ask the order of her birth. How will I ask it?


If you have just asked about other siblings, you could continue with something like this:

Where do you fall in the line?

It is also common to just guess one scenario and ask if is is correct:

Are you the oldest?

Or if you have just been told about the sister, ask specifically about the relative relation:

Is your sister younger or older than you?

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  • What if I have not asked about other siblings?? And all the other answers are not what I asked for.. those things we could manage. Is there an direct sentence that i can use to know what i am seeking? – batty Jun 21 '11 at 21:18
  • My answer attempt was just about cultural English, RegDwight spotted you were trying to ask a very common question about asking questions where the answer is an ordinal number. The other questions should help you find something useful. – Caleb Jun 21 '11 at 21:22

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